This holiday favorite is so much fun to make and decorate. This is an easy recipe for gingerbread cookies. It makes a very workable dough for rolling out and cutting into fun holiday shapes. I like to use fresh ingredients like grated ginger for this recipe, but dried powdered ginger works just fine.
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp all spice
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp fresh ground ginger
- 1/8 cup molasses (unsulphured)
In a medium bowl whisk flour, salt and spices. Set aside. In large bowl of a mixer blend butter and sugars until smooth. Add vanilla, ginger, molasses, and egg blending well.
Slowly add flour mixture and blend well until mixture forms a dough. Remove from mixer onto parchment paper and refrigerate for about an hour.
Once the dough is chilled, working on a floured surface roll dough out to desired thickness. I did about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out into desired shapes and place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes, checking frequently. Ovens vary, I usually start checking after ten minutes. You want the tops set, not over done or too brown. When you take them out of the oven they will cook a little bit longer while they are hot.
The gingerbread’s arms and legs may be a little fragile. To prevent breaking them it is a good idea to place parchment paper or a reusable baking liner such as Silicone Baking Mat with Measurements
If you have ever wondered how some people can make Christmas cookies look so perfect!?! Sometimes all you need is know the right tricks and have the right tools. One of the best things to have if you are icing cookies and need to have precision is having a good frosting bag and a good tip.
For frosting the cookies it’s good to get an inexpensive kit that has it all that you can reuse again such as Wilton 2104-1365 12-Piece Cookie Decorating Set
Even if you only bake occasionally, these make it so much easier. This kit has a tip with a tiny opening perfect for icing details on cookies. Gingerbread cookies are so fun at the holidays. You can also play around with how much flavor and spice you put in this recipe. I always try to think of who I am cooking for, everyone has different tastes. I am going to use this recipe for a gingerbread house. Although, I have yet to make a successful gingerbread house that doesn’t fall apart. When I figure that out I will post it!